By David Wolf ‘19
Friday, April 12, the Brother Rice Crusaders track and field team competed at Oak Lawn Community High School in the 2019 Spartan Classic. In 2018, the team won the meet 92.33 points over host Oak Lawn with 92 points.
The meet started out with field events at 4:30 p.m. In the shot put, senior John McGlynn put up 40 feet 3 inches, good enough for fifth place. In the discus throw, junior Louie Conn threw 109 feet 6 inches, a throw fit for fourth place.
In the jumps, Ronan Dolan triple jumped 38 feet 2 inches for sixth place. Malachi Dameron long jumped 17 feet 3.5 inches and earned fifth place. In the pole vault, Jordan Harris and David Wolf made their outdoor debut. Wolf vaulted 7 feet 6 inches and Harris 8 feet 6 inches, enough for fifth and fourth place finishes.
The two biggest races of the day were the 4x800m relay and the 4x400m relay, the first and last running events. In the 4x800m relay, Mikey Corcoran, Eddie Burke, Tommy Gleeson and Dan Spellman finished with a time of 8 minutes 42 seconds to win the relay without question.
In the 3200m run, Matt Reidy stepped up to place fourth place overall with a time of 10 minutes and 52.68. This time really sets Reidy up well for the coming weeks of the season.
Reidy said, “When I reached the point with 600m left in my race, I knew I had put myself in a good position. Although I was exhausted, I finally made my move and passed them both around the bend with about 150m to go. During the transition my teammate David Wolf yelled, ‘Race harder than you ever had before.’ and I did just that as I finished in 4th place and had myself a 32 second personal record. The next couple of weeks I’m hoping that I continue to improve and race every race like it’s my last.”
Captain Justin Palmer had serious success in the 300m hurdles. Palmer finished second place running 43.08 seconds. This time helps him gain confidence even though it was not his best run of the season. Palmer hopes to qualify for state for the third consecutive year in the 300m hurdles at the sectional meet.
One of the biggest rivals in Chicago is senior Dan Spellman and Marist junior Thomas Leonard. These two have gone toe to toe several times, each of them taking turns being victorious. Coach Swynenburg said, “I think he (Spellman) had a good race. It was definitely not near his PR, but he showed guts to take it out and lead the whole way especially in that wind. He did the work the whole race and taking the brunt of the wind bit him in the butt the last 300m.”
To finish off the evening, the 4x400m team of Nehemiah Ray, senior captain Tommy Gleeson, Mikey Corcoran and Harrison Morg demolished the field, winning by over three seconds.
Oak Lawn showed every team they meant business, winning the meet with 103 points. The Crusaders, after many errors, scored only 71.
Brother Rice track and field will host Rice Relays on Thursday, April 18.